09 May 2014 #Employment
ACAS say that around 1000 people have contacted ACAS about Early Conciliation every week since its launch on 6 April and that 100 employers have also got in contacts to try ACAS Early Conciliation.
ACAS Chairperson, Sir Brendan Barber, said, "Early Conciliation has got off to a very good start and has given us the chance to help more people resolve their disputes early as well as save taxpayers some of the cost of running the tribunal system.
Early Conciliation is built on the success of a similar optional service that Acas used to run called Pre Claim Conciliation (PCC). The service dealt with around 20,000 cases a year and over three-quarters of these were resolved in a way that did not lead on to a tribunal claim. Pre Claim Conciliation became Early Conciliation on 6 April 2014.
An analysis of the precursor to Early Conciliation, Pre Claim Conciliation last year showed that: